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OpenForum Europe urges Governments across Europe to move quickly to avoid ICT lock-in by 'practicising what they promote' through 'Open Procurement' processes

Press Release - Brussels - 25th June 2013 - OpenForum Europe (OFE) strongly supports the European Commission's Communication “Against lock-in: building open ICT systems using standards”, and its Commission staff working paper “Guide for the procurement of standards-based ICT -Elements of Good Practice”, published today.

These important documents stress how necessary it is to avoid lock-in in ICT systems and they promote the use of global ICT standards in public procurement. OFE stands ready to support the Commission in driving the use of these documents by public bodies across Europe.

OFE's key objective is to drive an open, competitive market in Europe based on fair competition. These Commission documents work towards that same goal.

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